The public is invited to attend a free opening reception on Saturday, April 29.
The night will also include a closing reception in the Community Gallery with works from Miami University Regional Art Students, an award ceremony for the Hamilton Current exhibition at 6:30 p.m., a short play (“Memory House” by Kathleen Tolan) presented by Miami University Hamilton Theatre at 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with a WintersEdge concert with Dallas Moore and the Jim Burns Band starting at 8 p.m.
The Fitton Center for Creative Arts first and second floor galleries will showcase the art of visual artists, who entered the “Hamilton Current” local art competition in late March. The juried show, judged by local art professionals Pamela L. Deaton and Kim Rae Taylor drew 242 entries.
As far as the new name of the exhibition, Mayhugh said, “We wanted to give it a title that people could remember, and we wanted it to express what the show is growing into.”
“We called it ‘Hamilton Current,’ because it takes place here in the hub of Hamilton. We are the center of a bull’s-eye of artists, who can enter the show within a 60-mile radius of us,” she said.
The exhibition is called ‘Hamilton Current’ for a couple of reasons, Mayhugh said, “because it is an exhibition of contemporary artwork. It’s all artwork that has been created within the last three years, so it’s current. Artists are also responding to current events. The word current also refers to water currents like the river, since the Fitton Center is right here on the river. Current also refers to electricity and that spark of energy that artists are bringing into this show. It’s all of those things.”
“This exhibition is one of the favorites of our visitors, because there is so many different things to see. There’s something for everyone,” Mayhugh said.
There are many kinds of art making expressed in the exhibition, from traditional painting and photographs to ceramics, weaving and glass work. There’s also a short video in the show this year.
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How to go
What: 48th “Hamilton Current” art exhibition
When: Exhibition runs April 29-July 7. The opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 29.
Where: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton
Hours: Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m-5 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sundays, except for special events.
More info: www.fittoncenter.org or call (513) 863-8873